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Rice, pasta, lentils, and chickpeas – koshari is one of the many Egyptian dishes that raise tourists’ eyebrows in disbelief when they first lay eyes on it. Soon after, however, this surprised and doubtful expression is replaced with one of delight along with a satisfied “Mmmmm!” sound, and with good reason. Nobody can pinpoint exactly why the strange mix of ingredients in koshari go together so harmoniously. Perhaps the perfectly spiced tomato sauce binds them together, or maybe the carbohydrate-legume…